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iOS Games in a Day: iOS Games Input Patterns and Practices

Gareth Jenkins  |  Founder, 36peas

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Format: Tutorials & Bootcamps
Track: Programming
Vault Recording: Video

This session is appropriate for developers new to touchscreen game design, as well as those looking to further leverage the nuances of the platform. This patterns-based approach will give attendees a specific set of parameters and technical methods for building touch-native iOS games. The talk will also cover:
  • A breakdown of several common input patterns in iOS games
  • Functional analysis & suitability (patterns)
  • Examples and case studies (a look at popular games and their input models)
  • Implementation approaches (practices)
  • Implementation hands-on (code-level examples of implementation)
  • Review and key takeaways for creative and appropriate input design


Attendees will leave with the knowledge required to not only start building iOS games, but also be able to leverage their experience from other platforms. In addition, attendees will be armed with a set of patterns and specific approaches to common iOS designs, performance constraints and game features.

Intended Audience

This session will suit industry veterans new to iOS, as well as those with some experience on iOS looking to make strides in specifically game-oriented tools and techniques on iOS.